Essential Cybersecurity Measures for Clients (a five-part series)
By: Rob Ziobro, VNFA Assistant Vice President IT
Understanding cybersecurity measures is crucial to safeguarding your digital life in our interconnected world, where personal and business activities thrive online. Here are some valuable insights to help you navigate the intricate landscape of cybersecurity:
Secure Passwords Are Your First Line of Defense: Believe it or not, a strong password can be one of your most effective shields against cyber threats. Use unique combinations of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid easily guessable details like birthdays or pet names. And remember, it’s crucial not to reuse passwords across multiple accounts.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Adding an extra layer of protection, MFA requires more than just a password to access your accounts. This could involve a verification code sent to your phone, a fingerprint, or a facial scan on your smart device. By requiring multiple forms of identification, MFA significantly reduces the risk of unauthorized access, even if your password is compromised. And always remember, if you are prompted with an MFA request to log in to an account that you didn’t request, you may want to check the recent logins of the account or change the account password just to be sure your password wasn’t compromised.
Come back next week for our next topic called Phishing.